After delaying a vote on the bill saying he wasn’t sure he had the votes for passage, House Speaker Bill Batchelder brought HB 45 to the floor.  The bill would permit a licensed carry-concealed weapon permit holder (CCW) to carry a firearm legally into any establishment where alcohol is served (so long as the permit holder does not consume any alcohol on the premises or is otherwise intoxicated) or in open arenas.  

The bill passed by a 56-40 vote with only Republicans Mike Duffey, Todd McKenney, and Kurt Schuring breaking party ranks by voting against the bill.   The bill had thirty-eight co-sponsors.

The Senate had already passed a similar bill, so now they just have to decided which version they want to send to Kasich.  Kasich has not yet publicly said whether he’d sign the bill into law despite being asked about his position about similar legislation repeatedly by gun rights activists during the campaign.

Having been stung with the NRA, Buckeye Firearms Association, and Ohioans for Carry Concealed Weapons endorsing Strickland, I’d bet money that the delay was to find out whether Kasich would allow the bill to become law or not.  I’d be surprised if Kasich vetoed this legislation given the opportunities to rehabilitate his image among the gun rights activists which are a significant constituency in the conservative/Republican movement.

The House also passed House Bill 54, which would restore the right of people with misdemeanor drug offense convictions (we’re talking simple possession, not traffickers) to legally possess a firearm.  That bill passed by a vote of 78-18.  We don’t yet have a list of the roll call vote.  I’ll update it once the House Journal becomes available.

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  • dlw

    Guns in bars, just what we need. Concealed, no less, so you just never know…. And after the drunken boozer shoots someone during a bar brawl, do we even care that he technically broke this law as well by drinking while carrying?

    And in open-air arenas? Seriously? I mean, seriously? Why do you need to carry concealed (or, you know, at all) at a football game?

    All of these establishments are still free to say “not here you’re not” aren’t they? Just because the law would allow it doesn’t mean the restaurant/bar/arena has to allow it, right?

    The image of my 6-year-old niece setting off a metal detector at Uno’s (thinking/hoping the family-friendly pizza joint isn’t going to want its patrons carrying concealed) is just… well, heartwarming. I feel warm and fuzzy inside. (No, she wouldn’t be carrying… but heaven only knows what wad of jewelry or other harmless flotsam is in whatever bag she has decided to carry that day.)

  • Guest

    This is another reason to not go since they have not so good food.

  • So far as I know, Ohio’s law in regards to private businesses prohibiting concealed carry on their premises is still in effect. The thing you have to realize is, all of us who practice legal concealed carry will follow the law. If that means no booze while carrying, then that’s what will happen. The people would break this law are likely already carrying inside bars while drinking.

  • Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers arguing for the freedom of an 8-year to buy an Uzi and take it to school for show-and-tell.

    Virginia has a similar idiotic law. Which does nothing but discourage peaceful people from going to bars, which means that in actuality a larger percentage of bar-goers will be carrying..

    It’s only a matter of time before this backfires.. (Pun so very intended)

  • I hate to break this to you, but so far as I can tell (and I live in Virginia) this hasn’t caused people to stop going out to bars and restaurants.

  • I hate to break this to you, but so far as I can tell (and I live in Virginia) this hasn’t caused people to stop going out to bars and restaurants.

  • So now we can look forward to gunshots at a buckeye tailgate…awesome!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care how good the food is, if someone walks in carrying a violin case, my family is out of there fast! Get set for the Roaring Twenties! Where is Eliot Ness when we need him?

  •  Because we don’t have enough gun violence in OH, or better things for our politicians to do with their time and our $$!! I keep thinking of the “smaller government” rants so touted during the election!! 

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